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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
We all know the world's first space station was the original Justice League Satellite headquarters which began operation in 1970. This was followed by the Soviet Union's Salyut I in 1971 and eventually the United States' Skylab, which launched on this date in 1973.
Skylab was the first non-Justice League space station to successfully change crews, although the station was permanently abandoned by the end of 1974. For 5 years, the station floated unlocked about 270 miles above the Earth before finally falling into the Australian Outback in 1979. (For reference, the Justice League Satellite orbited at 23,300 miles, almost a tenth of the way to the moon!)
Of course, by the year 2442, space stations will be old news. The average citizen will be familiar with several alien species, have robot valets, and travel to school in flying school buses. To a man from the future, the launch of a liquid-fueled antique rocket might be a nostalgic tourist experience.
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